By Lynn Sweet Sep 9, 2019, 7:59pm CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday backed House hopeful Marie Newman. Scott Eisen/Getty Images file photo
2020 PRESIDENTIAL DEMOCRATS LOOK FOR ILLINOIS SUPPORT
Democrat Newman, in a primary rematch against Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., landed the backing of presidential contender Sanders in June and, on Monday, Sanders’ chief rival, Warren, also endorsed Newman.
Before they dropped 2020 bids, Newman was endorsed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and former Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee.
With Sanders and Warren progressive champions — and with Gillibrand and Inslee also to the left of Lipinski — it’s an easy call for them to be with the like-minded Newman in the safe Democratic 3rd District. They are not bound by the House Democratic political operation — the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — commitment to back incumbents, which has progressives seething.
Abortion is an issue in this primary with Newman backing and Lipinski against abortion rights. In 2018 Newman, from LaGrange, lost to Lipinski, who lives in Western Springs, by 2,145 votes.
Warren said in a statement, “At a time when women’s reproductive rights are under attack daily from Republican lawmakers across America, Illinoisans deserve a leader with an unwavering commitment to fighting for women’s access to reproductive health care. Marie Newman is that leader.
“She understands that this isn’t a moment to back down — it’s time to fight back. Marie will be a champion for working families and women across Illinois’ third district, making sure their voices are heard in Washington. Marie knows that when women fight, women win. That’s why I’m proud to support Marie.”
Lipinski said in a statement, “This announcement, which came from so-called “Justice Dems,” lamentably proves the point of Washington pundits that Warren has moved from independent fact-based thinking to ideological orthodoxy.
“My opponent has always been an ideologue. She has never focused on how she might serve the people of IL3, but has only parroted the talking points of radicals who would take away everyone’s private health care, eliminate Medicare, and raise the taxes of hard working middle-class families by tens of thousands of dollars.
“I have a proven record of helping my constituents as well as hard working Americans across our country through commonsense, problem-solving leadership that has brought results.”
Newman is neutral in the presidential race.